Daily Review 24/01/2017

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33 comments on “Daily Review 24/01/2017”

  1. Anne 1

    Well its GOODBYE AMERICA and HELLO CHINA.

    It isn’t going to happen yet but its going to happen. And I think we may find we are better off aligning ourselves with Asian countries. It is almost certainly where our future lies – especially when it comes to trade. Plus… the majority of Asians who have immigrated to NZ have proven themselves to be exemplary citizens. I welcome them with open arms.

  2. garibaldi 2

    Love the photo . That’s brilliant (for those who get it).

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    Is this why rates keep going up?

    One of Christchurch’s most prominent developers gave the council an ultimatum to help pay for a $50 million carpark building – or it would not build a glossy new CBD shopping precinct.

    The council agreed to contribute $28m and had to borrow money to pay.

    More subsidies to big business.

    • weka 3.1

      Fuck. Like we need more carparks and shopping malls. Put the $28million into public transport and community building ffs.

  4. weka 4

    TouchMyPoly® ‏@TouchMyPoly 2h

    This is it NZ. Hold on to your hats.

    Newshub Politics @NewshubPolitics

    Bill English to announce Election date “shortly”. Will inform his MPs first.

    • weka 4.1

      TouchMyPoly® ‏@TouchMyPoly 2h2 hours ago

      The battle to bring about a better NZ for all, not just the privileged, starts right here.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Has Danyl deleted his dimpost?

    • weka 5.1

      Looks like it’s currently set to private rather than being deleted.

      https://dimpost.wordpress.com/

    • Carolyn_nth 5.2

      Looks like member access only. Basically, I’d say Danyl is filtering and selecting who can have access to his posts, and maybe also who can comment.

    • millsy 5.3

      He probably got a job that required him to delete his blog. The same thing happened with David McLoughlin (ie Poneke), who removed his blog, to go and edit the Navy’s propaganda rag.

  6. joe90 6

    First shots in the war on science.

    WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there.

    EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation.

    […]

    The Huffington Post also received a message that was reportedly sent to staff Monday that seems to cover the current agency guidance on talking to the press in general, not just about the directive on grants. The memo states that the agency is imposing tight controls on external communication, including press releases, blog posts, social media and content on the agency website.

    I just returned from a briefing for Communication Directors where the following information was provided. These restrictions are effective immediately and will remain in place until further direction is received from the new Administration’s Beach Team. Please review this material and share with all appropriate individuals in your organization. If anyone on your staff receives a press inquiry of any kind, it must be referred to me so I can coordinate with the appropriate individuals in OPA.

    No press releases will be going out to external audiences.
    No social media will be going out. A Digital Strategist will be coming on board to oversee social media. Existing, individually controlled, social media accounts may become more centrally controlled.
    No blog messages.
    The Beach Team will review the list of upcoming webinars and decide which ones will go forward.
    Please send me a list of any external speaking engagements that are currently scheduled among any of your staff from today through February.
    Incoming media requests will be carefully screened.
    No new content can be placed on any website. Only do clean up where essential.
    List servers will be reviewed. Only send out critical messages, as messages can be shared broadly and end up in the press.

    I will provide updates to this information as soon as I receive it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/environmental-protection-grants-staff_us_5886825be4b0e3a7356b575f?pon75akll8ei5dn29

    • Bill 6.1

      First thought. This feels to be in line with what happened in Canada prior to Trudeau winning the last election.

      Second thought. Blog ya basturts. Blog! And speak up and out and throw info out there and be loud. Very loud! Because you probably got nothing to lose at this point, and when the public get on-side with you, you’ll be untouchable.

      • Anne 6.1.1

        +100

        If you want security and safety yell out what is going on from the rooftops! The Trump thugs (red shirts?) cannot touch you without raising public alarm bells.

      • joe90 6.1.2

        While folk were out marching the pricks were pushing through the Regulatory Accountability Act, granting themselves the power to roll back environmental protections, food, drug, and financial regulations – anything that stands in the way of the dollar, without going through normal procedures.

        As House Republicans push for reform – last week they passed bills requiring Congressional approval of major rules and giving Congress power to kill dozens of recently enacted ones – Democrats are fighting back.

        Democrats have said the many extra procedures required by the reform bills would stall agencies’ work, making it impossible to create needed regulations on the environment, financial markets and other areas. Democrats contend that slowing down rulemaking is intended to help big businesses escape oversight.

        The accountability act would jeopardize the government’s capability “to safeguard public health and safety, the environment, workplace safety and consumer financial protections,” the Judiciary Committee’s senior Democrat, John Conyers, said before the vote.

        “Worse yet, many of these new requirements are intended to facilitate the ability of regulated entities – such as well-funded corporate interests – to intervene and derail regulatory protections they oppose,” Conyers said.

        http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-regulations-idUSKBN14W02N

      • joe90 6.1.3

        Blog! And speak up and out and throw info out there and be loud. Very loud!

        heh

        “If they’re close to retirement, they’ll probably just leave,” said a career EPA employee.

        That employee expects those who stay to fight actions they deem ill-advised or illegal by quietly providing information of what is happening inside their agencies to advocacy groups and the media.

        “It was very typical during the Reagan administration for somebody to stick something in a manila envelope and take it to the Post Office and mail something to the National Wildlife Federation,” the employee said

        http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-government-bureaucrats-234019

    • joe90 6.2

      And now they’re off the leash.

      A new measure submitted to the Wyoming legislature this week would forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019. It’s an unprecedented attack on clean energy in Wyoming, and possibly the nation. And it comes at a time when such resources are becoming cheaper and increasingly in demand as the world seeks to transition to clean energy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

      https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12012017/wyoming-coal-wind-energy-solar-energy-climate-change-denial

  7. “Clearly, modern science and technology have brought us many benefits and are without doubt among humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements, but they have also unwittingly contributed to the massive global crisis we are now facing. In essence, science has made us clever, but it has not made us wise. If we are to have any chance of surviving the looming catastrophe that science and technology have inadvertently helped to create we will need more wisdom, not more analytical capacity, of which there is a plentiful supply. And so, along with a growing number of fellow scientists, philosophers and activists, I believe that we now urgently need to develop a new approach in science that integrates analysis with wisdom, fact with value and nature with culture (Goodwin 2007). We think that this can be done by replacing our demonstrably unwise (and until recently, unconscious) assumption that the world is an inert machine with the arguably wiser and more accurate metaphor of the world as a vast animate (and hence ‘sentient’) being. Thus, strange and trite as it may seem, the survival of civilisation itself could in part depend on a fusion of science with animism.”

    http://wildethics.org/essay/towards-an-animistic-science-of-the-earth/

    • weka 7.1

      Nice one. I was just thinking about this today. I’m resisting the whole ‘we don’t need to save nature/the planet, it will be ok, we just need to save ourselves’ thing, because it presumes that we are not part of the nature/the planet. What if nature is saving us? And if we experience the world as alive, why would we not try and save it/us?

      That’s by the by. Probably more important is how we shift societally to being scientific animists. NZ is full of gardeners and nature lovers, might not be as hard as it seems.

    • One Two 7.2

      Excellent, Robert

      Same consideration for the ‘human being’ as more than a meat wagon without ‘sentient consciousness’, intrinsically part of planetary and universal systems

      Wisdom has been subverted and hidden from humanity, creating a form of amnesia from which there appears to be a recovery of sorts currently in motion..

  8. bwaghorn 8

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11787842

    the english is coming for you maori’s. is he offering beads or blankets?

    • millsy 8.1

      ..just the power to decide the level of social services and housing that poor Maori will get, under the guise of iwi empowerment.

  9. Tautoko Mangō Mata 9

    Peter Thiel is a NZ Citizen? Did he live here the last 5 years?

    • tc 9.1

      We have a Nat govt……all it takes is money.

    • James 9.2

      They are allowed to waive that requirement.

      Speaking of citizenships – I see labours citizen (despite Interpol warrants and offical advise) bill Liu is back in nz – I thought he was a goner when he went back to china.

  10. Sabine 10

    Brexit?

    not so fast, so sayeth the Supreme Court. It appears that the Judges do not believe that the PM can go it on her own. Interesting times. Interesting times.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-supreme-court-ruling-judges-defy-theresa-may-and-hand-power-to-parliament-a7542406.html

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